|763||Battle of Anchialus (2nd) (Anchialos)||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Outcome:||A Byzantine victory with heavy losses for both sides||30 June 763|
|War & Enemy:||
Early Bulgarian Wars
|The Battlefield|| Location:
At Anchialus (modern Pomorie) on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, in Burgas region
| Modern Country:
|The Byzantines(emperor: Constantine V Kopronymos)||The Enemies|
|Commander:||Emperor Constantine V||Khan Telets|
|Forces:||800 ships+9600 cavalry||Unknown|
|Background story:||After the success in the battle of the Rishki Pass (759) the Bulgarian Khan Vinekh showed surprising inaction and desire for peace which cost him the throne and his life. The new ruler, Telets, was a firm supporter for further military actions against the Byzantines. With his heavy cavalry he looted the border regions of the Byzantine Empire.
On 16th June 763, Constantine V came out of Constantinople with a large army and a fleet of 800 ships, with 12 cavalrymen on each, to deal with the new Bulgarian threat.
Telets blocked the mountain passes and took positions on the heights near Anchialus. But his self-confidence and impatience incited him to go down to the lowlands and charge the enemy. The battle started at 10 in the morning and lasted until sunset. In the end the Byzantines were victorious although they lost many men. The Bulgarians also had heavy casualties and many were captured. Telets managed to escape, temporarily.
|Noteworthy:||Constantine V entered Constantinople in triumph and then killed all the prisoners.|
|Aftermath:||Telets was murdered by his people, two years later, because of the defeat. The Byzantines failed to take full advantage of the victory. All the advantages were lost after another battle in Marcellae, in 792.|